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Russia calls on Israel to stop Syria attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [File photo]

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said yesterday that Israel must stop its “arbitrary attacks” on Syria.

“The practice of arbitrary strikes on the territory of a sovereign state – in this case, we are talking about Syria – should be ruled out,” Zakharova said.

“We should never allow Syria, which has suffered years of armed conflict, to be turned into an arena where geopolitical scores are settled,” she added.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to continue strikes against Syria.

“Our policy is clear and will not change: We are determined to prevent Iran from militarily entrenching itself in Syria against Israel,” he wrote on Twitter.

Kuwait’s Al-Jarida newspaper had quoted an Iranian source as saying that Iranian Commander of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani had submitted a report to the Iranian Supreme National Security Council explaining that responding to the Israeli strikes inside Israel would lead to Netanyahu’s fall in the elections scheduled for April. He warned that Netanyahu would continue to escalate his strikes on Iranian sites in Syria until he won the election.

According to the paper, Soleimani visited the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in violation of understandings that prevent Iranian forces from approaching the border.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that as many as 21 people, including at least 12 Iranians, were killed in the latest Israeli attacks on Syria.

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